Image shows sustainable silk production process. Two women are preparing the silk cocoons for hand-spinning at their small-scale sericulture farm.

Small-scale Sustainable Silk Fabric

Silk fabric is a natural fibre produced by the silkworm insect as a material for their cocoons. Silkworms have been bred for generations (up to 5,000 years), solely for their silk, a process known as sericulture. For our sustainable silk fabric, we partner with communities that run small-scale sericulture farms within their villages, supporting sustainable livelihoods, empowering women and increasing household income. Selecting sustainable silk fabric suppliers that use these traditional methods in Thailand also means we avoid the high environmental impacts of large-scale silk farms that require large amounts of energy for air conditioning, humidity control and drying of the silk.

 What we love most about the sericulture farms we use for our sustainable silk fabric is the circular, zero-waste economy that it produces. The mulberry trees that are grown locally to feed the silkworms are also used for fruit and whatever's left over used to feed livestock, chickens or used as fertilizer. Even the silkworm larvae that are a by-product of silk production is used as a sustainable protein source for communities or sold at markets for additional household income. We are immensely proud to support these traditional silk production methods in our sustainable silk clothing range.

You can learn more about the people that produce our silk here or shop our sustainable silk clothing below.

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